Catholic Artistic Imagination 2/26

  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Power Center, Section A

Experiencing the Religious Music of J.S. Bach, Then and Now

February 26, 2015
4:00 -5:30 PM Power Center, Section A

Join Benjamin Binder, Associate Professor of Musicianship, for an afternoon of music and conversation on the religious music of J.S. Bach. The passions, cantatas, and sacred works of Johann Sebastian Bach are regularly performed on concert stages today. These performances may profoundly move us, but to what extent are we really having the same experience as Bach's congregation when they heard these pieces as part of their worship services in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig almost 300 years ago? In this session, we'll reflect on the many differences between the musical, cultural, and religious environments of Bach's 18th-century Germany and those of our own time. We'll also sample some recordings and videos of modern-day approaches to presenting Bach's religious music that deal with this historical divide in interesting and sometimes provocative ways.
Faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to attend. Space is limited. Please RSVP by emailing Judi O'Brien at The Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.